Skin Science Seminars

13:30 - 14:00

Exploring the Interplay of Skin Health and Emotional Wellbeing in the Realm of Cosmetic Science

In the emerging landscape of cosmetic science, there is a growing recognition of the interconnectedness between skin health and mental wellbeing. Dr Katerina Steventon has been at the forefront of this industry paradigm shift since 2022. With a focus on holistic approaches to skin health, as a clinician, she has been a pioneer in exploring the intricate relationship between mental and emotional wellbeing and cosmetic products and treatments. As the Director of the Research and Innovation Pillar for the Cosmetic Cluster UK (CCUK), she is dedicated to bringing psychodermatology into the realm of personal care.

Dr Steventon's presentation will delve into the scientific underpinning of new concepts of emotional and mental beauty, mindfulness and selfcare. Through evidence-based insights, she will focus on the skin-brain axis, offering a nuanced understanding of how emotional states influence skin health and vice versa. She will discuss wellbeing metrics relevant to cosmetics application, emphasizing the importance of integrating subjective experiences, such as skin feel and touch, with objective scientific measures. By exploring the sensory dimensions of skincare, she aims to provide valuable insights into how tactile sensations contribute to both physical and psychological wellbeing, including emotional regulation.

Exploring the space where science, beauty and wellbeing meet, Dr Steventon will highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to advance our understanding of skin health and mental wellbeing in the context of cosmetic science.


14:00 - 14:30

Sequencing the Skin: Unlocking critical health information from the largest human organ

What are the microbial signatures and ‘dermotypes’ in Atopic Dermatitis? How does the skin microbiome change during ageing, between the US, Europe and Asia? How can we use a growing database of 20K+ microbiome samples and 4K+ ingredients to improve skin health? In this talk, Oliver will share key results and insights they’ve uncovered with next generation sequencing, in diverse clinical studies around the world. Please join Oliver’s talk to hear the answers to these questions, and other exciting advances in clinical microbiome testing.


15:00 - 15:30

Understanding the Role of the Skin Microbiome in Skin Barrier Function

In recent years,  the cosmetics industry has leveraged the success of the so-called ‘probiotics’ for use in consumer products. The bacteria utilised are generally lactic acid bacteria, or extracts thereof, which are usually found in the gut.

It is now becoming clear that skins own microbiome contributes extensively to skin health, particularly, skin barrier function. This paves the way for ‘next generation probiotics for skin’ using bacteria from skins own microbiome.

In this talk, I will outline what is currently known regarding the role of the skin microbiome to skin physiology,  and describe some of the work going on in my laboratory investigating the role of the skin microbiome in skins response to ultraviolet radiation.


15:30 - 16:00

Impact of Menopause and the Microbiome

The best example of programmed ageing in mammals is demonstrated by ageing in the female reproductive system. The menopause is the result of a transition from full ovarian function to complete lack of oestrogen biosynthesis which occurs in women around the age of 50 years old. Oestrogen significantly modulates skin physiology, thus deficiency following menopause results in atrophic skin changes and acceleration of skin ageing. The microbiome can strongly influence skin physiology and must adapt to changes during the life course. Despite the skin microbiome emerging as a superior biomarker for physiological ageing, understanding how changes in the skin microbiome over the life course impact ageing is still in its infancy.